Review of “Sagardwipey Jawker Dhan” – Nice blend of treasure hunt and science fiction
Director – Sayantan Ghosal
Cast – Parambrata Chatterjee, Koel Mallick, Gaurav Chakrabarty, Kanchan Mallick, Koushik Sen, Rajatava Dutta, Shantilal Mukherjee.
No one can deny that director Sayantan Ghosal’s Jawker Dhan had reintroduced the trend of treasure hunt thrillers for Bengali movies. Now with its sequel Sagardwipey Jawker Dhan, the writer-director duo of Sougata Basu and Sayantan Ghosal have moved one step further. They have wonderfully blended two very popular sub-genres of adventure thriller, treasure hunt and science fiction in one film which is engaging for most of the part.
This time the hidden treasure is the mythical chemical component red mercury which can be used as an alternate source of fossil fuels like petrol, diesel etc. Bimal (Parambrata Chatterjee) and Kumar (Gaurav Chakrabarty) comes to know that a huge source of red mercury is hidden somewhere in an isolated island in Thailand. They want to find it for the welfare of mankind. They have been joined by doctor Ruby Chatterjee (Koel Mallick) who is also in search of this chemical as she urgently needs it to cure a kid. As expected in this journey they have to solve lots of riddles to find the clues which will lead them towards their final destination. Also as per the norms of treasure hunt thrillers, there are some evil minded people who want to find the treasure for personal benefits.
Earlier also in movies like Jawker Dhan and Alinagarer Golokdhadha we have seen, Sougata Basu is a master of writing riddles. His sound knowledge of history, geography and mythology shows in his writing. The way he has created the puzzles and then solved it that keeps the audience engaged specially in the first half. In the second half the pace drops for sometime with an unwanted fight sequence and an emotional song which has good intentions but blocks the pace of the film. Although the unpredictable twist in the climax has compensated for that. Surprisingly there are some plot points which are highly unconvincing and not expected from such an efficient writer. For example, how can a person decides to dive in the sea confidently to search the skull of a man, drowned in the sea many years ago? Other than that there are some other shortcomings in the screenplay that Sougata Basu has repeated after Alinagarer Golokdhadha. There are too many riddles so after a point it keeps looking repeated. There is an over dose of unnecessary comedy forced in the screenplay. In the beginning, Ruby Chatterjee’s track keeps running simultaneously with Bimal and Kumar’s track which creates extra confusion. It would have been better to introduce the track of Ruby and the kid at one go suitably as a flashback.
A director has to be very much clear with his vision and his homework must be perfect to make a movie where vfx plays an important part. While shooting the film, lots of things were not present there in real and it has to be imagined only at that time. Most of the members in the cast and crew of the film are not habituated with this process and in such a situation the director has to play an important role to bring everyone on the same page. One must appreciate Sayantan Ghosal for efficiently handling this task.
The technical team has supported him a lot to bring his vision perfectly on screen. The visual effects are not up to the mark on international standards but in such a limited budget and time it is a commendable effort by the team. For most of the part the vfx work looks convincing except for one jump sequence in the backdrop of a water fall which looks very clumsy. Art direction team has also worked very well to create the sets shown in the climax. Ramyadip Saha has shot wonderfully the exotic locations of Thailand as well as the under water sequences. Bickram Ghosh’s background score has the required amount of thrill, it adds energy in the chase sequences.
Among the actors Parambrata Chatterjee and Koel Mallick have done a good job. Gaurav Chakrabarty is okay but he has failed to recreate the camaraderie with Parambrata that Rahul Banerjee had created in the first part. Kanchan Mallick’s comedy is loud and repetitive. Usually reliable actors Koushik Sen, Rajatava Dutta and Shantilal Mukherjee have given able support.
Overall Sagardwipey Jawker Dhan is a wholesome family entertainer that nicely blends a treasure hunt thriller with science fiction. Despite of some short comings it is engaging for most of the part. During the upcoming festive holidays it can be a good watch for the kids along with the elders in the family.